From the Paramount’s “Mighty Wurlitzer” to an Oaklandish Tour de Taco, we’ve got the best Oakland-only events going down this weekend.
Friday, February 19
The Lady from Shanghai
Before there were David Lynch movies, there was Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai.” Starring Welles and Rita Hayworth, the eerie noir thriller’s climax takes place in San Francisco’s famed Playland. You can see it in black and white, big screen splendor at the Paramount Friday night for only five clams. The Wurlitzer starts cranking at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 19, Doors open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
Willie Weir, the tightwad, two-wheeled traveler who writes for Cycling Adventure magazine is in Oakland Friday night. He’s the main event at a fundraiser for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. For $25, you can hear Weir and get a WOBO membership. “Willie will will bring to life tales from his latest book Travels with Willie that will have you chuckling and leave you wanting to chuck your day job and hit the road. Bicycling magazine says, ‘Travels with Willie is one of the rare bike books that gets it right.’ Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine and a cycling commentator for public radio station KUOW in Seattle. His bicycle travels have taken him around the globe–including such ‘off the tourist path’ destinations as India, South Africa, Bosnia, Laos and Colombia.” WOBO is dedicated to making Oakland a more livable city by promoting safe and easy bike and pedestrian routes.
Friday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
$5 Members, $10 non-members, $25 special admission and membership package
Saturday, February 20
5 for 5
Downtown art space Warehouse 416 hosts a music and art extravaganza Saturday night. It’s five bands for five bucks (or $8 if you’re feeling flush). Beatworm, The Careerers, Million Star Hotel, Measures, and Lunch are on the bill. DJ Guapo spins. Exhibits from local artists are on the wall.
Saturday, February 20 8 PM
416 26th Street
$5 – $8
Tour de Taco
Over at the OakBook, we’re big taco truck fans. In fact, at our Oakland Eats photo exhibit, we had a wall devoted to taco trucks. So we’re really excited that Cyrus Farivar of Californiatacotrucks.com had teamed up with the East Bay Bike Coalition and Oaklandish for what they describe as a “gastronomical quest on wheels through the Fruitvale district of Oakland.” They ask that you bring your friends, bikes and an empty stomach to Fruitvale BART at 11 a.m. The Tour de Taco will cover the following hot spots:
1. El Ojo De Agua – 12th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
2. Tamales Mi Lupita – 34th Ave. & Foothill Blvd.
3. El Gordo – International & 42nd Ave.
4. Tacos Guadalajara – 10th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
5. (Bonus) Cinco de Mayo Ice Cream – 3340 E 12th St & 33rd Ave.
6. (Bonus) The Trappist – 460 8th St (& Broadway)
Bring: Bike, helmet, camera, $10-15 for tacos, maybe $5-$10 for ice cream/beer.
Saturday, February 20, Tour begins at 11 a.m.
Meet at Fruitvale BART
Obama Movie Night at Everett and Jones
This Saturday evening, if you’re feeling politically inclined, go to Everett and Jones on Broadway. Volunteers are hosting a viewing party for the HBO documentary, “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.”
You can connect with other political junkies, eat some BBQ and watch a movie. The party begins at 5, the movie at 5.30.
Saturday, February 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Everett and Jones, 126 Broadway (corner of 2nd)
Do it for Haiti
Oakland’s NIMBY is hosting a benefit and clothing drive for Haiti. They’ve partnered with a group of other organizations — Architecture for Humanity, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, FONHEP, Kledèv, SOIL, Sirona Cares, What If Foundation, and Zanmi Lakay – to put on a show with musicians, art installations and other performers. The line up includes Haitian musicians Kalbass Kreyol and Rosemond Jolissaint and local performers Sila, The Bodice Rippers, Joe Rut and the Ironic Mustache, Fat Chance Belly Dance, Funky Beulah, Diva Marisa, Naima Shalhoub, The Society, Chicken John & Dr. Hal. They’ll have children’s theater, too. Relief workers returning from Haiti as well as people from the groups organizing the event will be talking about their work.
Saturday, February 20, 2 PM to 12 AM
NIMBY – 8410 Amelia Street
$10 (children under 12 free) Donations of summer weight clothing for children and adults will be accepted on site.
Sunday, February 21
Lift Every Voice
Oakland’s own Cantare Chamber Ensemble joins the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Sunday afternoon for a concert celebrating “the heroic journey of African-Americans from slavery to freedom.” It’s a multi-media affair with photographs, video, and the poetry of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and others.
Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street
$10 for youth, $20 for seniors, $25 general admission